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ANGEL OF DEATH; Twisted nurse poisoned his patients so he could help save them.

Byline: By Aislinn Simpson

A NURSE who poisoned his patients for kicks was yesterday found guilty of murder.

Benjamin Geen used drugs to stop patients breathing so he could "enjoy the excitement" of helping to revive them, a court heard.

Geen even "boasted" about the regular action during his shifts and told one doctor: "There is always a resuscitation when I'm on duty."

A jury at Oxford Crown Court convicted him of murdering David Onley, 75, and Anthony Bateman, 66. David died 15 days after Anthony in January 2004.

Geen was also found guilty of 15 grievous bodily harm charges.

Det Supt Andy Taylor, who led the police probe, said: "Geen abused his position of trust.

"We may never know what motivated him to select and poison his victims but it is clear he wanted to be the centre of attention."

Geen, 25, was caught after doctors were left bewildered by the number of respiratory failures - normally a rare event - at Horton General in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

The case of an alcoholic who was admitted with stomach pains but ended up in intensive care led them to Geen.

They found that the man - who nearly died - had been given a muscle relaxant and a sedative doctors hadn't prescribed.

A review of hundreds of other suspicious cases between December 2003 and February 2004 uncovered 18 in which Geen was involved.

Geen, of Banbury, also used other drugs, including insulin, to send victims to the point of death.

He was arrested when he arrived for work in February 2004. A syringe of muscle relaxant was in his pocket.

Geen was convicted after a two-month trial.

Michael Austin Smith QC, prosecuting, told the court that killing was a price Geen was "willing to pay in order to satisfy his perverse needs".

He said: "He must have known it but it did not stop him after Mr Bateman.

"Mr Onley died too and still it didn't stop him because other people followed on from that.

"People were at death's door. Most were lucky - two were not.

"And when Geen went back to work with that loaded syringe, was there somebody else who was extremely lucky that the authorities had nailed their man?"

Emphysema sufferer Harold Boss, 66, survived an assault by Geen. The nurse turned up his oxygen supply, knowing that made it more difficult for him to breath.

Harold turned blue and lapsed into a coma but medics were able to save him. He has since died.

His widow Valerie said yesterday: "I would tell Geen to rot in hell. I feel sick that he apparently did it because he got pleasure out of it."

Esther Jordan went downhill after being left in a cubicle with Geen.

Doctors feared she may die but she recovered from her ordeal. The 79-year-old cancer patient died days before Geen's trial.

Geen was cleared of a 16th GBH count. Judge Mr Justice Crane put off sentencing for reports.

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EVIL: Geen arrives at the court yesterday. He was found guilty of murdering two patients at the hospital where he worked' VICTIMS: From left, David Onley, who was murdered by Geen, Esther Jordan and Harold Boss
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